Florist secures rural home and business premises

An inspector granted outline permission for a live/work unit on the site of a hay barn in the countryside just outside a Worcestershire village.

The development plan sought to focus development on urban areas and within development boundaries, but allowed for limited exceptions such as live/work accommodation. The council nevertheless objected that the appeal site was in an isolated location where access to services would depend on private car use, conflicting with policy on sustainable travel.

The inspector accepted that there would be some conflict with policy requirements to minimise demand for travel and provide genuinely sustainable travel choices, but considered that reliance on private car to access services and facilities or for business needs had to be balanced against a reduction in daily commuting and benefits for the rural economy in the context of a local plan and national framework supportive of thriving rural businesses and communities. The inspector rejected a suggested condition restricting permitted development rights because he was granting permission for a live/work unit rather than a dwelling house for the purposes of the GPDO.

Inspector: Jonathan Tudor; Written representations

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